Departments, Programs and Centers



  • Chair: Professor Paul Mullins
  • Professors: Kenneth Barger (Emeritus), Barbara Jackson (Emerita), Susan Sutton (Emerita), Paul Mullins, Richard Ward, Larry Zimmerman
  • Associate Professors: Jeanette Dickerson-Putman, Susan Hyatt, Elizabeth Kryder-Redi, Gina Sanchez Gibau
  • Assistant Professors: Jeremy Wilson
  • Lecturers: Kathryn C. Glidden, Marjorie Williams
  • Adjunct Professors: Timothy E. Baumann, Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, IU Bloomington; Professor David Burr, Anatomy; Professor Della Cook,Anthropology, IU Bloomington; Associate Professor Eleanor Donnelly(Emerita)Nursing; Professor Paul Jamison (Emeritus)Anthropology, IU Bloomington; Hilary Kahn, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Global Change, IU Bloomington; Robert Kasberg, Director of Admissions, IU School of Dentistry; Harrison Maithya, Anthropology, Moi University, Kenya; Ian McIntosh, IUPUI Office of International Programs; Professor Robert Meier(Emeritus)Anthropology, IU Bloomington; George William Monaghan, Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, IU Bloomington; Elizabeth Moore, Health Outcome Analyst; Associate Professor Susan Shepherd, English; Baldemar Velasquez, Farm Labor Organizing Committee

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Anthropology is the study of human culture, biology, and social interaction across time and place. It includes the archaeological investigation of past and present human material culture; ethnographic study of contemporary cultures around the world and in the United States; research into human evolution and the origins of human physical diversity; and analysis concerning the origins, structure, and social use of language.

The anthropology curriculum at IUPUI emphasizes the practical application of anthropological concepts, theory, and methods. It contributes to student growth in three ways: Anthropology is the study of human culture, biology, and social interaction across time and place. It includes the archaeological investigation of past and present human material cult by broadening their understanding of the human experience across cultures and time; by providing a comparative perspective from which to develop an appreciation of human diversity and an understanding of different values and ethical beliefs in a complex, international world; and by providing practical learning experiences in a variety of settings, including community agencies, museums, governmental institutions, health agencies, and neighborhood associations. The anthropology program also has laboratories to assist the faculty and students with guided research in archaeology, ethnography, biological anthropology, and forensics. Frequent summer field courses, both local and international, give students additional opportunities for experiential learning.

Thus, a degree in anthropology from IUPUI prepares a student for lifelong success by improving their ability to think critically, and to integrate and apply knowledge, and by fostering a broad understanding of culture and society. Our graduates have found work in a variety of social service agencies, educational institutions, museums, and governmental organizations. In addition, approximately half of our graduates go on to seek advanced degrees in anthropology or related fields.

In addition to the Bachelor of Arts degree, we offer minors in anthropology and cultural diversity. These programs provide a base to complement careers in fields such as nursing, social work, education, psychology, or urban planning. We also offer a graduate minor in the anthropology of health and support both a graduate and an undergraduate certificate in the Museum Studies Program. Finally, the Anthropology Club serves as a forum for students to exchange ideas, organize field trips, and serve their community.